Police in Colorado were on Monday looking for suspects in an attack that injured six teenagers at a Denver park.
The victims, ranging in age from 14 to 18, are all students at Aurora Central High School and all are expected to survive, police chief Vanessa Wilson said. On Monday, one victim had to be admitted for emergency surgery. According to reports from local authorities.
Multiple rounds of different calibers were found at the scene in Nome Park, and it is possible some rounds were fired by someone on foot, Wilson said. Multiple streets around the scene remained closedPolice say that the shooting investigation is continuing.
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Three victims were taken to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, a diverse city east of Denver. A spokesperson said that they had all recovered and were reunited with their loved ones.
“When I got the call, my heart dropped,” Wilson said. “Enough is enough. We need to come together as a community.”
Policing is Asking for neighbours and bystandersTo share photos and videos taken with phones or home surveillance systems, which might assist in identifying potential suspects. KDVR 31 Denver’s Fox affiliate reports that multiple violent crimes took place in the park between 2021 and 2021. This includes three aggravated assaults.
Aurora Central was placed on a “secure perimeter” after the shooting, police said. This typically refers to the fact that no one is permitted in or out of schools, however students and staff can move around freely inside.
Aariah McClain, a 15-year-old student, said she heard gunfire as she was walking near the school’s football field during lunch. She first heard four shots, then “a whole lot more.”
“I was shocked,” she said of the shooting, as she waited outside the school with her father, Harold McClain, for her 14-year-old sister to be dismissed.
Recorded high levels of gun violence at schools and back-to-schoolIt is possible that active-shooter drills are not the right solution.
Evette Mitchell ran to Trevell’s school, where he was 15 years old, when the gunshots rang.
Mitchell expressed frustration at the shooting that occurred near her school last weekend, which involved three teenage boys. Mitchell stated that while youth violence can be blamed on their parents, there is no inexpensive activity for them.
“Everything costs. We’re all low-income families so it’s hard for us to find something for these kids to do,” said Mitchell, who said her son was going to be in online classes for the rest of the week because of the shooting.
According to U.S. News and World Report’s high school rankings, 67% of the school’s approximately 2,000 students are considered economically disadvantaged, qualifying for free or reduced lunch.
Contributing: The Associated Press